Serigne was just in middle school at the time and had a younger brother, Jacob. Their cousins, the Campagnas, moved in with them for the year.David and Michelle Serigne now had six young boys running around.“For Cam it was fun,” David Serigne said. “To be able to help them and live with his cousins. It might’ve been hectic at times, but whenever you can help someone and be there, it’s worth it.”That year, Serigne bonded with his cousins in a way that they might never have.Serigne witnessed his parents help their cousins start their life over again. They relied on each other and built each other up.“Obviously there’s stressful moments because of what they’re going through,” David Serigne said. “It’s such a life-changing event, losing your home and thinking that you might not be going back. We were just glad we could be there for him.”In the year following Katrina, Serigne’s cousins roamed the sidelines, cheering on their big cousin and having a better view to see what he could do.“My little cousins lost everything,” Serigne said. “And to see them be happy again to come watch me play football meant everything to me.”When the Campagnas got back on their feet and found a new home in Virginia, it was an adjustment for Serigne. For the past year he had his cousins with him all the time in full house.When they left, it felt empty.“They had been with us for so long,” David Serigne said.As time continued and Serigne moved to the collegiate stage, the support from his family shined even brighter.In his first game as a freshman for Wake Forest in 2014, Serigne traveled back to Louisiana to compete against the University of Louisiana-Monroe. In the stands watching him were 35 family members. Joining his parents and brother were aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and everyone that had been there for him for so long.“My first catch, my first college start, to look to my family after that was really special,” Serigne said.Serigne has had a family member at every single game that he has ever played. From his first days of playing Pop Warner to now being the third all-time leading receiver for a tight end in Wake Forest history, he has always had someone.His cousins make the five-hour drive for Wake Forest home games to cheer him on. Michelle Serigne has never missed a game, home or away. And David Serigne has only missed one, the Florida State game last year, because of a work commitment. They fly to every game.“Seeing him suit up and the way he competes and takes care of himself,” David Serigne said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him.”Every week he gets a call from his cousins. They talk about their lives, what they have been up to, and about Wake Forest football. Comments Cam Serigne had just turned 11 years old when Hurricane Katrina hit. His parents, David and Michelle, had recently moved their family to South Riding, Virginia, about 30 miles northwest of Washington D.C. Most of Serigne’s relatives lived in Louisiana and had to evacuate when the storm hit. There was only one place to go that was not ravaged by the storm — Serigne’s new home.“All my relatives on both sides, just moved to Virginia, after Katrina,” Serigne said. “12-15 family members moved to live with me for a year.”The Serignes were originally from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and after the storm wrecked the state for eight days, only one of his extended families had a house to live in.Following the tragedy, Serigne’s family created a special bond with everyone living in his house that translated to the rest of his life, including his football career. As a redshirt junior tight end for Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast), Serigne has 11 catches for 131 yards on the season. The Demon Deacons host Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Entering this season, Serigne ranked third all-time among Wake Forest tight ends in receptions (100) and receiving yards (1,093), and first in touchdowns (nine).MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeat writers predict Syracuse-Wake ForestSyracuse game day guide: What to know about Wake Forest matchupAmba Etta-Tawo’s football career extended while those around him ended Published on October 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Free throw shooting has been anything but free for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team this season.The two biggest culprits happen to be the two Badgers who get to the line most often: redshirt sophomore forward Ethan Happ and senior forward Nigel Hayes.Happ has gone 66-for-138 (47.8 percent) from the line, while Hayes is 111-190 (58.4 percent). (All statistics are as of March 7.)Men’s basketball: 2017 Hall of Fame Classic to feature Badgers, other powerhousesThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team just punched their ticket to a tournament for next season in the 2017 Read…As a team, UW makes only 64.4 percent of its attempts. The only team worse is last-place Rutgers at 62 percent. The Badgers made more than 70 percent of their free throws last season and finished second in conference two seasons before that.The woes compounded as the season wore on, particularly for Hayes and Happ. In the three games before entering the Big Ten tournament, Happ was 2-for-14. Hayes was 10-for-28 during the regular season’s final four games.Perhaps even more troubling is the regression from both players. Last season, Happ shot free throws at 64.3 percent (108-for-168). Hayes is currently just worse than his freshman year free throw shooting performance, when he made 58.5 percent of his attempts. He improved the next two seasons, jumping to 74.4 percent and 73.6 percent from the line his sophomore and junior years, respectively.It’s not lost on Hayes that free throws will have to improve if UW wants to make it far in the tournament.“If we can get the free throws down that’s cost us two games here lately, and it’s kind of put us in some tough spots to win and pull out games,” Hayes said. “Knowing that if you make free throws you go from up seven and they take a bad shot and we’re putting my guy [Matt Ferris] in, instead of you’re missing those and now you’re playing down to the last second because you weren’t able to ice the game.”Just how baffling is this recent development?“Extremely,” Hayes said. “I don’t know. Obviously, I know. Obviously free throws are mental, at least that’s what a lot of people say. It’s mental. I agree. It is mental.”Hayes received a text message from former UW assistant Gary Close who told him “I can just see you thinking too much.”“I guess I’d rather overthink than not think at all,” Hayes said.There is only one way out of the rut, according to Hayes.“As Dory says, ‘Just keep swimming,’ ” Hayes said. “Just keep working.”In the 2015 Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State, Hayes stepped to the line 12 times. He made all 12 — the most free throws attempted without missing in a conference tournament game. He was 16-for-16 that tournament.“Pressure situations were the easiest ones,” Hayes said. “Pressure situations were the great ones. You go up it’s like all right, it’s winning time.”Against Iowa, Happ missed a pair with 30.5 seconds and UW leading by one. If he made both, Jordan Bohannon’s 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds left means overtime, not UW’s fifth loss in six games.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s strong second-half makes Senior Day sweet as UW defeats MinnesotaFor one of the winningest classes in University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program history, Sunday’s 66-49 win over Minnesota on Read…“It is still a matter of what you do when the lights are on and when it really counts, when it’s on the scoreboard,” Gard said. “He is working at it. He feels awful about it. I feel bad for him. It is who he is. He understands it. He works at it. … But he hasn’t been able to make the progress he needs to make.”It was a different tone than what Gard used several days earlier after a win over Maryland. Gard said he didn’t lose sleep over struggles from the line at the time. He did, however, offer a joke to demonstrate the exacerbation.“Pretty soon, we’re going to end up looking like the locker room from Major League,” Gard said. “We’re going to have the candles and the oils and all the garlic around our neck. Hey, just step to the line and make the free throws.”Not all Badgers struggle from the line. Senior guard Bronson Koenig shoots at a 91.1 percent (51-for-56) and fifth-year senior Zak Showalter makes 82.2 percent of his attempts (37-of-45). The next most attempts from the line come from sophomore Khalil Iverson, who shoots at just a 54.8 percent clip (23-for-42).Iverson said he always had difficulty with free throws because of lack of arc on his shot. But free throw success might be contagious, Iverson said.“I definitely feel that’s the case,” Iverson said. “With guys that get there to the line frequently, like [Hayes] and [Happ], you know if we see those guys start hitting the majority of their free throws it will definitely trickle down and give everyone else confidence when they step up to the line.”Men’s basketball: Badgers say goodbye to 2017 seniors with 66-49 win over rival MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball rebounded in a major way as the 2017 seniors lead the Badgers to a Read…The coaching staff is well aware free-throw shooting is a thorn in the side as the NCAA Tournament approaches.“They’re struggling in a big way and having a hard time finding something they can go to and rely on to get it back,” UW associate head coach Lamont Paris said.Has he noticed anything? Other than the fact that the duo’s confidence is clearly shaken?“Yeah I have,” Paris said sarcastically. “And I didn’t say anything on purpose so they would keep doing this.”It’s not for lack of volume of attempted shots, Paris claimed. UW shoots more free throws during practice than any team in the nation.“Sometimes people struggle with free throws,” Paris said. “These are not 90 percent lifetime free throw shooters that have some sort of thing and now they’re shooting 45. These guys have always at some level struggled with free throws — have shot them better than this, for sure, but they’re struggling for them, especially.”Somebody somewhere would have made a lot of money by now for creating a solution to free throw woes.“If it was easy to do, then DeAndre Jordan would have shot better,” Paris said. “Shaq would have shot better. There’s a hundred guys in the NBA that don’t shoot well.”Senior forward Vitto Brown said he stays away from giving advice because there’s enough people in their ears to begin with.“They already know their free throws need work,” Brown said. “Anything that I would add has probably already been said.”Men’s basketball: Bohannon blood stuns No. 22 Wisconsin as UW blows late 9-point leadIn the end, it was familiar blood that did the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team in. Jason and Zach Read…No matter how hard they work during, before and even after practice, the improvements have to show up when the lights shine brightest, assistant coach Howard Moore said.“They’re making over 70 percent in practice,” Moore said. “But it’s gotta translate to the game.”UW tries to wear them out in practice and make them practice to shadow fatigue. But there’s no way to simulate an arena atmosphere on a Tuesday afternoon practice.“We can’t just bus 17,000 people into practice,” Moore said.Moore said the technical aspect of it is no longer the issue, rather the block occurs from the neck up. Whatever struggles persist come tournament time, it won’t be for lack of effort.“Guys have gotta be able to step up and knock them down,” Moore said. “I know they’ll be able to do that moving forward. They’re putting too much work into it.”
The choice was almost unanimously praised by fans of the club, who tweeted their congratulations to the player. Midfielder, Justice Blay has been named Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s Player of the Month for January.Blay, who is on loan from Medeama, has had a breakout season so far with the Porcupine Warriors.Justice Blay celebrates his opening goal [Hearts of Oak vs Asante Kotoko] – Photo: Yaw Antwi Owusu – Citi SportsHe has scored two goals this season; the first goal of the campaign and the opener against rivals, Hearts of Oak.In the month of January, Kotoko played five matches, starting with the 3-1 win against Legon Cities FC and capping it off with the 2-1 win over Hearts.Sandwiched between those two games were losses to Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars, and a win over Ebusua Dwarfs.Blay played in each of those matches and was the club’s most consistent performer.Head coach, Maxwell Konadu has constantly spoken of his admiration for the player and his hope that the club can sign him permanently.